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Rio Grande Restoration 'No Silver Bullet'

Dec 21, 2015
Rita Daniels

Cochiti Dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the country. The Rio Grande was transformed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished building it in the 1970s.

Some communities downstream experienced serious negative impacts, and the river's ecosystem suffered.

But a lawsuit may have federal water managers shifting the way they manipulate water flows out of the dam to support wildlife.

Laura Paskus/KUNM

The monsoon rains arrived this month, but it’s still hot and dry in New Mexico.

The ongoing drought is placing stress on the state’s rivers and streams, including the Rio Grande. And while cities and farmers still receive their shares of water, each summer, one user gets left out—the Rio Grande itself. Like it has every summer for the past decade, the Rio Grande downstream of Albuquerque is drying.